Govt pushing Kashmiri youth to militancy: Malik

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Srinagar: Reacting to the news reports of a youth, Zubair Ahmad Turray joining armed struggle, Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Muhammad Yasin Malik Monday said that from last four years he used to see the innocent young boy in central jail Srinagar incarcerated under the charges of stone pelting.

“Every time his PSA was quashed by High Court or got bail from judiciary, he was slapped with a fresh PSA and from last four years more than eight PSA’s were slapped on this young boy. His family was constantly terrorized, humiliated and oppressed by police and other forces and he was virtually denied every legal and democratic right and hence pushed to the wall by Indian state and the state government and left with no place but to join armed struggle, Malik said in a statement issued for press.

 

He said that “from last many years we have been telling the international community and Indian civil society who till date have only acted like fire-fighters of the oppression, to persuade Indian state to honour peaceful struggle of Kashmiri youth but no one paid heed to our pleas.”

 

Malik said that on international persuasion Kashmiris took a bold decision in 2008 and transformed their freedom struggle from violent to a non violent outlook but instead of honouring this historic transformation, Indian rulers used military and police might to curb it and the ‘ugly practice’ is still continuing.

He said that Turray is yet another glaring example of this Indian aggression as he was one whose abdomen was pierced with pellets, whose family was ‘terrorized’ and who was put behind bar for more than four years on mere charges of stone pelting.

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